Assessing China's South China Sea Policy, 2009-2015

Feng Zhang

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    This article identifies three phases of China’s South China Sea policy since 2009: reactive assertiveness from 2009 to 2011, forceful response from 2012 to 2013, and proactive adjustment from 2014 to the present. These three distinct phases suggest that China does not have a grand strategy for the South China Sea. The article also assesses the consequences of China’s island building in the South China Sea and the costs of its deliberate ambiguity on the international legal front.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)100-109
    JournalEast Asian Policy
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


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